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The Music Of 'Creed' Puts A Modern Character Into Rocky Balboa's World

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

When filmmaker Ryan Coogler and composer Ludwig Goransson went to work on Creed, they wanted to create an ambient, urban score like the one Goransson composed for Fruitvale Station. But they found they couldn't get away from the iconic theme Bill Conti composed for the original Rocky.

High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:29pm

Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.

'Tales From The Loop' Doesn't Forget The Robots (Or The Dinosaurs)

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 6:03am

Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.

Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:27am

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.

Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:24pm

What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.

Green Bean Casserole: The Thanksgiving Staple We Love — Or Loathe

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 2:25pm

The classic Midwestern casserole, which turns 60 this year, has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food. Even those who grew up with it but can't abide it admit: It tastes like home.

Philosopher At Play: The Twisty Epiphanies Of 'Memory Theater'

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:03am

Simon Critchley, a British philosopher, has penned an offbeat essay — or is it an autobiographical novel? A memoir thick with fictions? Whatever it is, Memory Theater makes for a delightful read.

Dorothy Dress From 'The Wizard Of Oz' Sells For More Than $1.5M

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 6:11pm

The price for the blue-and-white gingham pinafore that Judy Garland wore exceeded expectations at auction.

Here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Own Voices

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:12pm

Athletes, artists and activists crowd the list of winners of the nation's highest civilian honor. Before they get their medals Tuesday, get to know them — in sight and sound.

'Mustang' Takes On Women's Rights In Fairy Tale Form

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:59pm

Five beautiful Turkish sisters are locked up together and forced, one by one, into marriage in the new film from director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The movie has gotten rave reviews all over the world.

Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

In Martinez's favorite podcast, the hosts ask guests what makes them cry.

Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' Hits French Bestseller List After Paris Attacks

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast has hit the French bestseller list a half century after its publication, all because of a French granny. A 77-year-old Paris woman who lives near the Bataclan concert hall gave a TV interview that went viral. In the interview, she calls on her countrymen to read Hemingway's novel of living it up in the "City of Light."

Gaitskill Spins A Swirling Tale Of Love, Delusion And Horses In 'The Mare'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:30pm

Mary Gaitskill's new novel chronicles the complex relationship between a poor black girl from Brooklyn and her middle-aged white benefactors. Maureen Corrigan calls The Mare a "raw, beautiful story."

The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:24pm

In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.

'The Walking Dead' Makes Another Life-Or-Death Decision

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:00pm

Sunday night's episode continued to explore when the show is and isn't willing to let characters go.

Coppersmiths In Turkey Embrace Their Dying Art

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 7:15pm

In the Black Sea city of Trabzon, old market streets still ring out with the sound of coppersmiths hammering their wares. But this age-old art is fading, as more customers now favor modern cookware.

Taye Diggs' Child Served As Inspiration For 'Mixed Me'

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:07pm

Walker, the young son of actors Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel, inspired his father to write a book about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

Putting It All On The Table: Author Recalls A Food-Obsessed Family

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:07pm

NPR's Michel Martin talks with author Dawn Lerman about her book My Fat Dad, an exploration of the many ways food shapes our connection to family.

A Son Lost In '3 1/2 Minutes' — And A Tragic Anniversary For His Parents

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:07pm

On Monday night, HBO will air the documentary "3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets," about the murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Fla., at the hands of Michael Dunn, who objected to the volume of the music Davis was listening to. Host Michel Martin speaks with Davis' parents Ron Davis and Lucia McBath.




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